Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My cacao advocacy

Years ago, when I was much younger, life was different.  It was all about enjoying youth and not a care about the world.  It was fun while it lasted and then reality started to creep in and I realized being young is not an accomplishment - it never is and will never be.

Although being young is already done and dusted my youth bears little resemblance to the life I have now.  Life is still fun but in a challenging and meaningful light.  Wisdom, I believe, is gained as we mature in life regardless if we deserve it or not.  It's all up to us to put it in good use or let it pass us by.

As I feel increasingly obliged with every breath I take to unearth the purpose of my existence, I discovered myself falling in love with cacao and the mystery that surrounds its evolution.  With my initial knowledge about the fruit of the gods I was smitten right away.

The people who are responsible in cultivating cacao - the cacao farmers - are some of the most hardworking people in the world.  We've read, seen, and heard about their sad plight being overworked and underpaid and wallowing in grinding poverty while farming barons are getting richer.  Are our farmers thriving or just getting by?  This is a concern that we can all advocate for to make sure our farmers are safe, well-informed and compensated accordingly.

Whatever it is that you advocate for in life I wish you continued happiness in your journey.  If you're still searching for the purpose of your existence - be patient - it will eventually find you.

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